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Candice A. Alfano

Candice Alfano

Associate Professor
Director, Sleep and Anxiety
Center of Houston

Clinical Psychology
Ph.D., University of Maryland,
College Park

Clinical and Research Services, Room 1036

Dr. Alfano will be reviewing graduate student applications for the 2017-2018 academic year. Application deadline is Dec 1, 2016. Please see Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data for details.

Biographical Summary

Dr. Candice Alfano is Associate Professor of Psychology, a licensed clinical psychologist, and Director of the Sleep and Anxiety Center of Houston (SACH) at the University of Houston. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park in 2005. Dr. Alfano’s research program integrates several overlapping fields of study including the role of sleep-wake processes in the pathogenesis of anxious and affective psychopathology, the development of evidence-based interventions for children and adolescents, and family-based mechanisms of risk and resilience. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and the Department of Defense (DoD). Dr. Alfano serves on the scientific council of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), the board of directors for the Society for Behavioral Sleep Medicine (SBSM), and as Associate Editor for the Journal of Anxiety Disorders. She has published more than 50 scientific papers, chapters, and books. She recently co-edited the book, Comprehensive Evidence-based Interventions for Children and Adolescents (2014; John Wiley & Sons).

Recent Research Funding

  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): Sleep, Emotional Processing, and Risk for Affective Disorders in Children (PI: Alfano)
  • Department of Defense, U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC): When parents go to war: Psychosocial Adjustment among the Families of Deployed OEF/OIF Service Members (Co-PIs: Beidel, Alfano & Higa)
  • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): Ready, Set, Snooze! A web-delivered, prescriptive intervention for pediatric sleep problems (Co-PIs: Alfano & Spitalnick)          


  • Clinical Interventions
  • Clinical Child Interventions
  • Seminar in Sleep and Sleep Disorders
  • Seminar in Anxiety Disorders
  • Clinical Supervision


Selected Publications

(*student author)

*Reynolds, K., Gradisar, M.G. & Alfano, C.A. (in press). Sleep in Children and Adolescents with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Sleep Medicine Clinics.

Alfano, C.A., *Reynolds, K.C., *Reddy, R., Reuter, T., Pane, P & Sharp, C. (in press). Poor sleep quality is related to decreased emotional arousal in healthy girls. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology.

Mellick, W., Alfano, C.A. & Sharp, C. (2014). The role of BIS/BAS in the vulnerability for depression in adolescent girls. Personality and Individual Differences, 69, 17-21.

Smith, V., Leppert, K., Alfano, C.A. & Dougherty, L. (2014). Construct Validity of the Parent-Child Sleep Interactions Scale (PSIS): Associations with Parenting, Family Stress, and Psychopathology. Sleep Medicine, 15, 942-951.

*Patriquin, M., Mellman, T., Glaze. D. & Alfano, C.A.  (2014). Polysomnographic sleep characteristics of generally-anxious and healthy children assessed in the home environment. Journal of Affective Disorders, 161, 79-83.

*Clementi, M. & Alfano, C.A. (2014). Targeted Behavioral Therapy for childhood generalized anxiety disorder: A time-series analysis of changes in anxiety and sleep. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 28, 215–222.

Alfano, C.A., Smith, V., *Reynolds, K., *Reddy, R. & Dougherty, L. (2013). The Parent-Child Sleep Interactions Scale (PSIS) for Preschoolers: Factor Structure and Initial Psychometric Properties. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 9, 1153-60.

Alfano, C.A., *Reynolds, K.C., *Scott, N., Dahl, R.E. & Mellman, T.A. (2013). Polysomnographic sleep patterns of non-medicated, non-depressed children with generalized anxiety disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 147, 379-384.

Alfano, C.A. (2012). Are children with ‘pure’ generalized anxiety disorder functionally impaired? A comparison with comorbid and healthy children. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 41, 739-745.

Hall Brown, T., Mellman, T.A., Alfano, C.A.  & Weems, C.F. (2011). Sleep fears, sleep disturbance and PTSD symptoms in minority youth exposed to Hurricane Katrina. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 24, 575-80. 

Alfano, C.A. & *Kim, K.L. (2011). Objective sleep patterns and symptom severity in pediatric obsessive compulsive disorder: A pilot study. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25, 835-839.

De Los Reyes, A., Alfano, C.A., & Beidel, D.C. (2011). Are clinicians’ assessments of improvements in children’s functioning “Global”? Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 40, 281–294.

Beidel, D.C., Rao, P.A., *Scharfstein, L. Wong, N. & Alfano, C.A. (2010). Social skills and social phobia: an investigation of DSM-IV subtypes. Behavior Research and Therapy, 48, 992-1001. 

Alfano, C.A., Pina, A.A., Zerr, A.G. & Villalta, I.K. (2010). Pre-sleep arousal and sleep problems of anxiety-disordered youth. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 41, 156–167.

De Los Reyes, A., Alfano, C.A., & Beidel, D.C. (2010). The relations among measurements of informant discrepancies within a multisite trial of treatments for childhood social phobia. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 38, 395-404.